BY JULIE MANGANIS
---- — SALEM — A Salem man admitted yesterday to attacking both his girlfriend and her mother in a jealous rage early one morning last December.
Daniel Taylor, 26, pleaded guilty to two counts each of assault and battery and malicious destruction during a hearing in Salem District Court, where, at the conclusion, Taylor’s victim and former girlfriend cried out, “He just flipped me off,” as Taylor was being led out of the courtroom in handcuffs to serve his term: six months of a 21/2-year jail term, to be followed by two years of supervised probation.
Earlier in the proceeding, Taylor appeared to be using just his middle finger to scratch the back of his head, in full view of the woman and her parents.
His lawyer, however, says Taylor is “a different guy than when he first met him 124 days ago.”
“He has made some adjustments personally,” lawyer William Barabino said during yesterday’s hearing.
Early on the morning of Dec. 6, Salem police were called to Arbella Street, where Taylor was living with his then-girlfriend in an apartment on the first floor of the family-owned home.
The girlfriend had been out late with friends, and when she arrived home, Taylor began berating and abusing her, at one point grabbing her by the throat and slamming her into a wall, then shoving her hard enough to knock her into a bathtub, prosecutor Michelle DeCourcey told a Salem District Court judge.
Taylor, who was also drunk at the time, accused the woman of “cheating” on him, according to the police report.
While Taylor was distracted throwing and breaking furniture, the woman ran upstairs to her mother’s apartment, climbing into her bed.
Moments later, Taylor showed up and dragged the woman from the bed. Her mother grabbed a robe and followed, witnessing Taylor striking her daughter again.
She managed to push him out of the apartment, but he broke down the door and re-entered, Decourcey told the judge. He then turned his fury on the mother, grabbing her by the shoulders and shoving her against a wall.
Decourcey told Judge Michael Lauranzano that the victim had let a restraining order against Taylor lapse, but after yesterday’s hearing, the victim’s father told a reporter that he was trying to persuade her to reinstate that order. Taylor has been ordered to have no contact with the young woman or her family as a condition of his probation when he is released.
He was also ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation and treatment.